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2014's Blue Sky Folk Festival Performers

Stay tuned for 2015's info! Thanks to everyone who participated in 2014's festival. What an awesome lineup!

National Headliner

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

A photograph of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Since Frank Solivan left the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., he's built a reputation as a monster mandolinist – and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan and banjoist Mike Munford (2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year), guitarist Chris Luquette (IBMA Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award winner) and doghouse bassist Dan Booth simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew so hot it'll burn your ears.

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Performance 6:30 - 8PM

Regional Headliner

Hillbilly IDOL Trio

Hillbilly IDOL draws from the deep, rich well of American music to blend an original hybrid sound they call Town and Country Music. It's hard to believe that they first laced 'em up back in 1991, defining the core sound that has been at the heart of the band's music ever since – close harmony, fresh songs and an adventurous spirit. There's plenty of reverence and homage to the greats of American roots music, but even more than that, it's how those classic sounds of country, swing, rock & roll, and bluegrass have informed the band's writing and musical choices.

Over this span of time, the core has remained sturdy. Some members have come and gone, most come back to play from time to time, but clearly all have left an indelible mark on HBI's direction. More than a band, it's a clan and a family.

The Trio:
Paul Kovac - vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin
Al Moss - vocals, pedal steel, guitar
Kevin Johnson - vocals, bass, guitar

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Performance 5:00 - 6PM

Emcee & Folk Musician

Matt Watroba

This is a song Matt Watroba wrote after Martin Luther King Day 2008. The video was produced by Y Arts Detroit and features Matt singing with the YMCA Deep River Choir of Detroit.

Matt Watroba brings a special set of talents to the stage whenever he appears as a folk musician. He sings songs of compassion, inner strength, humor and everyday living. Add Matt's own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining day. His love of folk music led him to his former position of producer/announcer at WKSU Folkalley.com. He is on a first name basis with almost all the major folk musicians on the North American continent – and he has an astounding grasp of the folk music genre both past and present. Emceeing all day

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Performance 11-11:30AM

Klein Family Bluegrass Band

The Klein Family consists of parents Chris and Liberty and their four children, DeAnna, Shawn Luke, Sylvia and Clara. In their words: "We began music lessons because Sylvia had an interest. Her interest sparked an interest in the other children and they all discovered a God-given passion for bluegrass music. We started taking lessons from Rick Campbell in 2010 and began playing with Young and Blue in 2011. As of 2013, we are starting to branch out and play as The Klein Family while still being a part of Young and Blue ... As a family, we hope to play bluegrass music professionally as a means of serving God, blessing people and being together."

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Performance 11:45-12:45

Bob Bellamy and Wendy Barlow

Bob Bellamy and Wendy Barlow are traditional musicians in Central Ohio. Their music is a unique blend of two ancient multi-stringed instruments, the hammered dulcimer and the harp. Wendy had the privilege to privately study with legendary harpist Alice Chalifoux at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Bob was already accomplished on the mandolin and guitar in the old time and bluegrass world when he became smitten by the hammered dulcimer back when they were hard to find.

Together since 1995, Bob and Wendy have a combination of eight recordings which have all been played on National Public Radio. They have performed at Biltmore Estate, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens and for Dr. Jane Goodall, Barbara Bush, Pulitzer Prize author David McCullough and other high profile events and places.

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Performance 1:00 - 2PM

Instruments of the World

Hal Walker

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Hal Walker is a musical breath of fresh air for the whole family. He's a singer, a songwriter and a musical explorer. A veteran solo performer, Hal Walker is truly one of a kind. His warm, passionate style engages audiences of all ages. With a soaring baritone voice, he sings soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity and the creative process. He improvises and composes on unique musical instruments that you've probably never seen before. Hal lives in Kent, Ohio.

Hal Walker composes and improvises on the guitar, piano, harmonica, the khaen, jew's harp and concertina. He has a particular talent for learning how an instrument is used in its traditional culture such as the khaen, and then making it his own in a uniquely modern way. In collaboration, he has developed a modern version of a traditional African instrument called a "Banakula." (Ba-na-'ku-la) Hal is the creator of http://www.banakula.com. Hal is returning to the Blue Sky Folk Festival with much acclaim for his third appearance here.

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Performance 2:15-3:15P

Bob Frank Acoustic Blues Trio

A photo of Bob Frank and his guitar

A lifelong resident of Cleveland, Bob spent eighteen years as the leader of the Hotfoot Quartet, touring throughout North America and recording several albums. As a sideman he has worked with Robert Lockwood, Wallace Coleman, fiddler Howard Armstrong, the Falls City Ramblers, and British bluesman Long John Baldry. During the day Bob works through Young Audiences, performing traditional American music assembly programs for children. He has done over 3,000 of these pgorams in schools throughout the United States.

Bob is also one of the founders of the Cleveland Blues Society. A board member, he is also director of the educational committee and the historical committee. He is the assistant varsity baseball coach at Richmond Heights High School.

Aside from being an accomplished guitarist, Frank boasts an encyclopedic knowledge of old-time country, blues and bluegrass music.

- Cleveland Magazine
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Performance 3:30-4:30P

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